Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental

As it’s Thursday as this is being published, this post can be considered to be another 3-D Thursday feature. I haven’t focused on creating this style of image in some time.  This week, however, Krista Stevens gave me the perfect opening to share some of  my favorites. In the photo challenge, she asks us to share our own concepts of “experimental.” Her choice of theme this week is wide-ranging and open. You can read the challenge post here. Her challenge gives me the opportunity to reprise the collection of images that I call 3-D pop-outs. I first saw the concept of a pop-out on a photo sharing site and thought it would be an interesting exercise in processing. The above image is probably my favorite example, it’s actually a blend of two separate images, the bugler is a statue inside the Arlington Cemetery visitor center and the scene is obviously one of the sections of the veteran’s cemetery. Continue reading

3D Thursday – Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse-1

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island.

Off the coast of North Carolina, a collection of islands hug the United States mainland coastline. Collectively, these islands are known as the Outer Banks. Connected by bridges, three major islands attract summer vacationers by the thousands. To protect navigation along the coast, a battery of lighthouses warn ships of the island hazards to navigation. The lighthouse most commonly featured in stories and photos is arguably the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. However, the Bodie Island Lighthouse has probably a more interesting location. Continue reading

3D Thursday – White Tank Mountain Sunset

WhiteTank Sunset-1Waddell, Arizona.

Just west of the Phoenix Arizona metro, travelers will find the largest Maricopa County Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Mountains in the park rise to about 4,000 feet (1219 m) above sea level. In the park hikers, bikers and horseback riders will find many miles of trail for their use. Park fees are a reasonable $6 per carload as this is being written. Annual passes are also available. Continue reading

3D Thursday – Shipwreck on Fanning Island

Shipwreck-1Tabuaeran, Republic of Kiribati.

Some 1135 miles (1826 km) due south of Hawaii, a small coral atoll is one of the closest landfalls to the 50th state in the United States. Fanning Island, as the British named Tabuaeran, is one of the most exotic places we’ve ever visited. For a number of years, the island, part of the Line Islands chain, found itself on the itinerary of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), a weekly stop due to an old United States Maritime Law. Continue reading